The United States

120 West 45th Street, 19th Floor New York, NY 10036
Tel. +1 (212) 403 6700 / Fax +1 (212) 403 6740
E-mail: newyork [at] gide [dot] com

Gide Loyrette Nouel has been present in New York for over two decades, having established its New York office in 1984. Our New York office focuses its activities on finance, capital markets, and tax, with the finance team operating as an integral part of the firm's Banking & Finance practice group.

Gide’s Banking & Finance practice group includes some 170 lawyers worldwide, who offer New York and U.S. federal, French and English law capacity, as well as local law expertise throughout our worldwide network of branch offices. The group boastsa broad range of experience on cross-border finance and capital markets transactions around the world.

U.S. tax advice is provided by our dedicated team of U.S. tax lawyers in New York who advise international clients on the U.S. tax aspects of a broad range of cross-border transactions. We regularly counsel sponsors and participants in the global capital markets on tax-efficient structured financings, including cross-border securitizations, and all types of debt and equity offerings. Our expertise includes the U.S. tax aspects of structuring, financing and operating funds, as well as of credit agreements, derivatives and other financial products.

The New York office also serves as a gateway for clients and law firms throughout North America, enabling them to access Gide's legal expertise in Paris and throughout its international offices in Central and Eastern Europe, North Africa and Asia. To this end, our New York office assists U.S. clients, including corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds, with their outbound activities and investments.

New York office lawyers work closely with Gide's Paris and London offices as well as the other international offices of Gide Loyrette Nouel, presenting businesses and law firms with seamless access to our integrated international legal teams.

Main Areas of Expertise

Finance and Capital Markets

Our New York office, working in conjunction with Gide other offices worldwide, advises mainly on Finance and Capital Markets. Our U.S. finance team is a vital part of Gide's Banking & Finance practice group, which has an exceptional range of experience on cutting-edge finance and capital markets transactions across the world.   Our specialized teams handle all types of financial matters, with a focus on issues of debt, equity (including secondary offerings, rights offerings, IPOs and listings), warrants, certificates, investment fund securities, convertible bonds and an array of other instruments. The team also has had significant experience in many innovative financial products, including high-yield bonds, covered bonds and other complex structured transactions (including hybrid-capital instruments of regulated entities). Our New York law qualified team includes U.S. capital markets lawyers in our New York, London, and Paris offices, facilitating client contact around the world as a preferred adviser for arrangers, leading companies, issuers and investors. Our lawyers regularly advise issuers and underwriters in connection with international offerings made into the U.S. market pursuant to SEC Rule 144A and elsewhere internationally pursuant to Regulation S.

U.S. Tax

  • Our U.S. tax team in New York is an integral part of our International Tax practice group, which comprises some 50 highly skilled tax attorneys from 13 of our offices worldwide. The team advises on all aspects of U.S. and international tax planning.  We advise U.S. and multinational clients on a broad range of tax concerns, including entity classification, U.S. trade or business issues, withholding taxes, information reporting, PFIC, Subpart F, FIRPTA, tax treaty analysis and the FATCA regime.

We regularly advise sponsors and participants in the global capital markets on tax-efficient structured financings, including cross-border securitizations and securities offerings, as well as on credit arrangements, derivatives and other financial products.  We advise funds and investors on U.S. tax issues associated with the structuring, funding and operation of investment funds and other joint ventures.

Our clients include financial institutions, corporations, funds and high net worth individuals.

French and European Law 

Gide’s lawyers regularly provide legal advice to clients in the United States on matters of French and European law, working closely with select major U.S. law firms to provide seamless advice on complex matters across the jurisdictions where we operate. To this end, the New York office facilitates assisting U.S. clients with their outbound activities and investments.

Recent experience includes:

  • Counsel to a French investment firm on the financing of the acquisition of a major French company and the refinancing thereof through issuance over several years of numerous series of High Yield Bonds aggregating €1.8 billion, offered and sold in the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A and elsewhere internationally pursuant to Regulation S, including U.S. tax advice regarding complex debt/equity and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the Underwriters of an initial public offering of a Turkish company with listing on the Istanbul Stock Exchange together with concurrent international offering in accordance with Regulation S and Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice involving challenging PFIC and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the Government of India in the privatisation of a major Indian mining company and the offering of approximately €1.5 billion in shares, with a listing in India together with a concurrent international offering, including an offering into the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice involving PFIC and other tax issues
     
  • Counsel to the underwriters in the public offering and listing of a French real estate company on Euronext Paris, together with an international offering pursuant to Regulation S and Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with numerous issuances of debt securities by a major French utility, aggregating in total more than $12.5 billion in principal amount, offered into the U.S. market pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to the issuer and/or deal counsel for a series of bond issuances by a dedicated vehicle created by the French State for the refinancing of French banks, which were, unconditionally and irrevocably guaranteed by the French State, for global principal amounts of close to €90 billion, offered and sold internationally and into the U.S. pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • Counsel to several major French banks in connection with their covered bond programs, including the offering of covered bonds into the U.S. pursuant to Rule 144A, including U.S. tax advice
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to a major French company regarding tax structuring of a $400 million trade receivables securitization in the U.S.
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to major French corporation regarding U.S. tax aspects of a cross-border corporate reorganization
     
  • U.S. tax counsel to arranger regarding tax structuring of a $1 billion cross-border receivables purchase program, including complex portfolio interest and treaty interpretation analyses, with project spanning several years

New York

Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP
120 West 45th Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel. +1 (212) 403 6700
Fax +1 (212) 403 6740
E-mail: newyork [at] gide [dot] com
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